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Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatments for Athletes Paperback – February 1, 2011
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Yes - feet! He laughs when talking about the success of his popular Fixing Your Feet (5th edition 2011) that has presented opportunities to do presentations and travel, and work at races worldwide. In addition to writing his Fixing Your Feet blog, John has done presentations at running and sports stores, written articles about feet, and patched feet at many races. He has trained medical and non medical personnel in foot care techniques, skills and equipment; led pre-event foot care clinics; and provided articles related to foot care for participants. Events worked include the Amazon Jungle Marathon in Brazil, Primal Quest Adventure Races, the Costa Rica Coastal Challenge, Racing the Planet Chile, BC Canada's Raid the North Extreme, the Gold Rush Adventure Races, the TransRockies in Colorado, Death Valley's Badwater, Western States Endurance Run, the Susan G. Koman 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, the two-day Avon Breast Cancer Walk, and more.
Active in his church, John has experience on Pastoral Search Teams, which led his to write about the pastoral search process (The Pastoral Search Journey, 2nd edition 2012). He has other works in progress related to church life. Through teaching at writers' conferences, John has authored several self-published books about book marketing and niche writing. Writing and it's related endeavors are a huge part of his life.
John and his wife, and their happy cocker live in California's Central Valley. John is the owner of Footwork Publications and is always looking for new ideas to develop to help others.
Top Customer Reviews
Having read the criticism of this book, I still ordered it. To me searching the web and tying to separate the solid info from the "stuff" is not for me. I am not willing to experiment on myself to save a buck. The author answered questions I had not thought to ask and I would never have found that information on my own. The info in this book has been vetted by the author and his sources. It has helped me establish a plan that has got me running again and that is worth a great deal to me.
The bottom line is that I found it useful for more than my PF. If you're looking for an instant cure, it doesn't exist. If you're looking for information and a number of suggestions for both prevention and cure, this book is worth considering. I am back to running with only an echo of the pain that kept me out of my running shoes for over three horrible months. I walk normally now and am able to run to recover a great deal of my condition.
John Vonhof's book is stunningly good in my opinion. Well enough written to keep one's attention and to change one's basic attitude towards feet and foot care -- that second item is the most important part of the book. Treat your feet like you would want to be treated yourself, with the utmost care and attention to small detail, and they will serve you well -- not only on a punishing run, but also in old age (which is a bit of an endurance contest in itself, the same principles apply)
The writer seems to have a calling to look after athlete's feet, and he's done plenty of it. He puts me in mind of those unsung heroes, wartime medics who spent most of their time looking after soldier's feet.
But if you run, and have ever struggled with blisters, strains, or sprains - than you have to read this book. Well worth your time to learn some good foot care techniques. More attention could have been spent on foot types / shoe choice, and foot strengthening & stretches - but still a worthy read.
The information provided is well worth having for anyone dealing sport related foot issues. But, don't expect to be able to apply all the techniques and remedies discussed because the instructions and diagrams are often inadequate while the quotes and anecdotes and endlessly repeated.
If you are looking for an annotated list of athletic tape brands, foot bed manufacturers and foot cream formulators, the author has done a good job of quoting all the marketing hype from more resources than I ever imagined existed, with some, but very few insightful evaluations of the listed products.
I would have found this book much more useful if the author would have chosen focus the text on providing his excellent direct knowledge and less on endless quotes and anecdotes from other trainers, athletes, product marketing writers etc.
Yes, buy the book, but don't have high hopes of quickly finding solutions to any issues you may be specifically interested in, don't expect the solutions to be clearly presented, and don't expect a robust medical or scientific assessment of the efficacy of the treatments discussed.
Now the book did not really help me with my condition and I am still suffering through it and working on it, however it did give me a small wealth of knowledge on foot care and how to fix ailments/injuries/etc.
I would definitely recommend this book for fixing ailments from hiking, walking, running, etc, however for anything serious I would suggest reading the book and using the information to consult physiotherapist/doctor and determine a plan to get your feet back to normal.
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I purchased this book after a pilgrimage through Spain and wish I wouuld have had the knowledge fronm this book before I left. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Barbara Fredrickson
100 miles, 28 hours of downpours and mud and thigh-deep rushing rivers. ZERO BLISTERS. My feet look perfect! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tanya Sylvan
It's a boring read compared to an adventure novel, but essential if you are going to run an ultra or multi-day hike. Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Warner
I just finished hiking the 500-mile Colorado Trail. During the trek I met many long distance hikers, endurance athletes (Iron Man, marathon runners) and long distance mountain... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fair and Balanced
Great book and a must read for runners, hikers, etc. I am in the military and benefited from this for four marching.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer